I Am A Shamed Wildlife Photographer…

22 Jan

Today I received a stern email from Debz “Debz” Croker, assistant picture editor at The News.

She reckons there’s no such thing as a wasp kestrel. Typical of a so-called “female”.

I can’t help but think that this another part of the RSPB conspiracy to try to control which birds do and don’t exist.


You may find it funny, we find it idiotic!

Paul Thomas Miller

Please don’t send in images with false information to The News as you have done recently regarding the so called ‘wasp kestrel’,

With the your view page we really do try to trust members of the public to send in the correct detail with their images and to not be silly making up fake names.

Sadly we do not have time to check if people are purposely trying to send in misleading information so that they may try to purposely ‘catch us out’, as some sort of self satisfying game that they are playing.

This is wasting our time and wasting the time of the readers of The News.

I see your site and understand that you have sent in the image with the false information and then put the info on your internet site and made unpleasant and misleading remarks towards The News.


We put your image in our paper in good faith, not to be tricked because we didn’t know every type of kestrel and don’t check every single piece of information sent in by our readers for this page.  There is an element of trust people have here in human nature, and we trust within reason people will be truthful regarding images they send in.

I’d find something better to do than bother busy people, who are trying to produce a good and informative read for it’s many happy followers.

You will be banned if you send in anymore images to The News, as we obviously sadly cannot trust you aren’t playing ‘your strange game’ with us.


Debz Croker | Assistant Picture Editor

The News | 1000 Lakeside | North Harbour | Western Road | Portsmouth | PO6 3EN T: (023) 9262 2155 | E: deborah.croker@jpress.co.uk| E: pictures@jpress.co.uk

7 Responses to “I Am A Shamed Wildlife Photographer…”

  1. Katie January 22, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    Whatever happened to journalism?!

  2. Suzanna January 22, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    So what’s the next local rag to be wasp-kestrelled?

    • baldmonkeyseenabird January 22, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

      I only know this one.

      • Suzanna January 25, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

        Try any small paper with more pages than journalists to fill them… Might want to change where you photographed it to a more local nature reserve. Southern Daily Echo? I’d do this in East Anglia but I know there are lots of birders working for the East Anglian Daily Press.

  3. Shackleford Hurtmore January 22, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    “Assistant Picture Editor”

    Ah yes, “editor” from the Greek root ɛdɪtə, meaning “to cut and paste without fact checking and then getting upset when caught out”

    I “imagine” she had to “study” “journalism” for “3 years” to get that “job”, too.

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